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Teaching Genre Conventions From a Fan’s Perspective

Genre Pyramid

While some readers may view particular story elements as clichés, a fan might see them as enduring archetypes…

Sparking Visual and Cultural Literacy with ‘Reimagined’ Movies

Lang - 2001

Which of these movies would you most want to see?

Expanding a Book’s Universe

Saving Mr. N

Together we looked for ‘cheese holes’, or spaces in the story that allow the audience to participate in, contribute further to, and augment the original story using their own intelligence and imagination.

Book Giveaway: ‘Doctor Who FAQ’

Doctor Who FAQ

The perfect companion (pun intended) for any devotee of the show, whether veteran or newbie, teen, tween, or adult…

MTV’s Andrew Jenks on Storytelling, Media Literacy, Baseball’s Bobby V, and His New Book

Pages 104_105 Jenks shoots 335

“Teaching media literacy seems almost as important as teaching any other subject because it is one of the main ways that young people learn and develop–and if you don’t know how to navigate the basics of consuming media and using media, you’re in trouble.”

Book Giveaway: ‘My Adventures as a Young Filmmaker’ by Andrew Jenks

Jenks Book Cover

“I want to be a filmmaker that is able to capture what my generation thinks, how they act, and what they ultimately stand for.” -Andrew Jenks

How Foreign Films Can Teach Critical Thinking

World Affairs - Cover

Teenagers feel uncomfortable with the foreign setting, the emphasis on character and plot development. Yet, as students become engrossed in the story, they surrender to the “foreignness”…